Vacation is over and I’m back to my work schedule, which means no more morning blogging (not that I was very inspired in the morning during vacation). Still, I had to share this gem with you.
I spoke with a liberal friend yesterday, who is lukewarm about Israel, and he told me that Israel absolutely cannot fight this war because it’s killing children and that’s unacceptable. This dialogue ensued:
Me: Did you know that before any strike on a building, Israel gives a warning to the residents to evacuate?
LF: No. If that were true, it would be headlined in the news.
Me: It is true. It’s just buried in the stories. What’s also buried is that the Gazans use those warnings to hustle children back into the buildings.
LF: No. That’s not true. If it were true, it would be headlined in the news.
(This went a few rounds and then stopped.)
Me: You do know that Gaza has fired over 5,000 rockets into Israel, right?
LF: Yeah, but they didn’t do any harm.
Me: You do know that the last few, supplied by Iran, fell within about 13 miles of Tel Aviv? (Note: I think I got those mileage stats correct.)
LF: Well, I guess they have to defend themselves.
Me: How would you have them defend themselves?
LF: They should have announced to the world that, if Gaza didn’t stop firing rockets by January 2, then they’d attack Gaza.
Me: They did announce to the world that they were going to attack Gaza.
LF: No. that’s not true. If it were true, it would be headlined in the news.
At this point, we glared at each other in frustration, and the conversation ended.
UPDATE: I wonder if this kind of editorial, in a reputable liberal paper (the LA Times), would change my friend’s mind. It spells out carefully the real issues involved in the current war (Iranian hegemony in the Middle East, the fact that Israel is not the only nation out there that fears Iran, and the way in which Hamas manipulates the media precisely in order to fool credulous liberals).